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Date: May 4, 2018

"But if I can identify the lizard of envy crawling around in my psyche, I can usually tamp down the ire."

— Marino, Gordon

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Date: May 4, 2018

"Recognizing the envy when my sixtysomething friend boasted that he had recently completed a marathon, I was able to restrain myself from giving rope to the indignant thought, 'Instead of running miles every day, why don't you spend some time tutoring disadvantaged kids!'"

— Marino, Gordon

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Date: May 12, 2018

"Our brains are so scrambled that it's starting to make sense that none of it makes sense."

— Dowd, Maureen (b. January 14, 1952)

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Date: May 12, 2018

"People from our past that we no longer directly communicate with but who are active on social networks can 'colonize valuable space in your mind, and you think about them instead of about your close friends,' said Carlin Flora, the author of 'Friendfluence: The Surprising Ways Friends Make Us Wh...

— Flora, Carlin

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Date: May 12, 2018

"It was like the same tapes were kind of, like, back in the brain."

— Yael [full name not given]

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Date: May 14, 2018

"On top, you have your brain -- just like the body, the brain's on top. It's neurotic, it's weird, it's malfunctioning. It's like a broken computer."

— Malkmus, Stephen (b. 1966)

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Date: May 21, 2018

"There is some level of self-scrutiny too merciless for most of us, some inner corridor too dark."

— Sartwell, Crispin (b. 1958)

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Date: June 4 and 11, 2018

"'His brain works at the speed of a hummingbird,' Kasky said."

— Kasky, Cameron (b. 2000)

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Date: June 16, 2018

"Throughout that summer and into the fall, floating in a pool of cheap beer, just below the surface of my semiconsciousness, was the constant thought: Maybe I won't wake up this time."

— Powers, Kevin (b. 1980)

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Date: June 18, 2018

"Her brain was in overdrive."

— Wang, Weike

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The Mind is a Metaphor is authored by Brad Pasanek, Assistant Professor of English, University of Virginia.